Another week, another off-the-field incident. News came out yesterday that Mike Dubuisson was ineligible to play against the Saint Mary's Huskies. That was one of the three wins for the Quebec teams over the AUS. The lone loss was Acadia over McGill.
#1 Laval (2-0) @ #5 Sherbrooke (2-0) :: 40-27 Laval
For the second week in a row, Laval was trailing in the 3rd quarter. For the second game in a row, they exploded in the second half.
Bruno Prudhomme threw 3 touchdowns in the second half to lead Laval in a 26-9 second half performance. Laval put up 512 yards in the game, with over 330 yards passing and 190 yards rushing. Balanced and scary attack and they look to be shaping into form.
Jeremi Doyon-Roch did as well as a rookie quarterback has against Laval in a while, going 24-44 for 360 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT. They had to abandon the running game, however and Laval's defence is proving so good against the run.
Penalties were a huge issue into why this game was close. Laval had 217(!) yards in penalties.
Bruno Prudhomme (LAV): 22-32, 317, 3 TD, 1 INT
Sebastien Levesque (LAV): 19 carries, 158 yards
Julian Feoli-Gudino (LAV): 10 catches, 153 yards, 2 TD
Simon Charbonneau Campeau (SHE): 9 catches, 196 yards, TD
#8 Saint Mary's (1-0) @ #6 Montreal (1-1) :: 11-10 Montreal
Montreal's defence played so well, but in the end the offence almost allowed Saint Mary's to steal a win. A big interception in the final seconds sealed the game for the Carabins.
The game featured one touchdown - a pass from Alexandre Nadeau-Piuze to Maxime Rioux and six turnovers. Four by SMU and two by Montreal.
The Carabins have to now be concerned with Rotrand Sene. Only 24 yards on 12 carries.
Jonathan Etienne (MTL): 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for loss
Rob Jubenville (SMU): 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks
Yan Cyr/Alexandre Nadeau-Piuze (MTL): [combined] 10-26, 127 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
St. FX (0-1) @ Concordia (1-1) :: 55-9 Concordia
This game was not close. Concordia took a 10-0 lead in the first 3 minutes and ran with it. Concordia used both quarterbacks and four running backs in the game and I have heard that the two quarterback system will continue for the near future with Reid Quest and Terrance Morsink. Quest, a true freshman, put up the better numbers and has shown more this season than Morsink.
Raul Thompson (CON): 9 carries, 76 yards, 3 TD
Edem Nyamadi (CON): 16 carries, 94 yards
Reid Quest (CON): 11-18, 172 yards, 2 TD
Ashton Dickson (FX): 19 carries, 102 yards
Bishop's (0-2) @ Mount Allison (0-1) :: 36-23 Bishop's
Bishop's went down 3-0 in the 1st quarter but the Gaiters came out roaring and ran away with their first win of the season.
Jordan Heather is now Quebec's leading passer through 3 games and had a great game. 459 yards and three TDs. Bishop's had three receivers with over 100 yards including Alexander Fox and Steven Turner.
Jordan Heather (BIS): 26-41, 459 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Alexander Fox (BIS): 9 catches, 148 yards, 2 TD
Jake Hotchkiss (MTA): 23-36, 309 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Adam Molnar (MTA): 7 catches, 100 yards, TD
McGill (0-2) @ Acadia (1-0) 38-9 Acadia
McGill struggled again against a team pegged to battle Saint Mary's for the AUS championship. The game was 14-7 Acadia after three quarters before the Axemen scored 24 points in the fourth quarter. Two of the touchdowns were from a blocked punt and an interception return.
Freshman QB Dallon Kuprowski left the game in the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. Ryne Bondy took over and didn't look too bad statistically.
Ryne Bondy (MCG): 24-42, 256 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Taylor Renaud (ACA): 5 catches, 126 yards, TD
Kyle Graves (ACA): 9-20, 168 yards, 1 TD
1. LAVAL 3-0
2. MONTREAL 2-1
3. SHERBROOKE 2-1
4. CONCORDIA 2-1
5. BISHOP'S 1-2
6. McGILL 0-3
The Week Ahead:
Friday, September 23
7pm No. 5 Sherbrooke (2-1) @ Concordia (2-1) Web: SSN Canada
Saturday, September 24
1pm No. 4 Montreal (2-1) @ Bishop's (1-2) TV/Web: Radio-Canada
Sunday, September 25
1pm McGill (0-3) @ No. 1 Laval (3-0)
The biggest game of the week is Concordia and Sherbrooke. Both teams have very similar results so far, and home field is usually very important in this season series. Sherbrooke has the more veteran team, but Concordia's offence has been more balanced than it has been in years the last two weeks.
I will be doing the play-by-play for SSN Canada for this one, so please join me, will you?
Montreal going to Bishop's is a big game especially with potential penalties looming for the Carabins. Last year the two teams split the season series with the home team winning each year.
Laval plays McGill. With or without Kuprowski, McGill will have a tough time against Laval and this one shouldn't be close.